Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

“Turnips on the Table”

Rita Sims Quillen is the author of three poetry collections—The Mad Farmer’s Wife, Counting the Sums, and Her Secret Dream—as well as a novel, Hiding Ezra, and a book of essays, Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry. Quillen will read from The Mad Farmer’s Wife at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on October 23 at 2 p.m.

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“Tornado Warning”

Everything in the Universe Cover.inddEverything in the Universe is Amy Wright’s first full-length poetry collection. She is also the author of five chapbooks and Cracker Sonnets, a handbook of pop-culture Americana in verse, and is the co-author, with William Wright, of Creeks of the Upper South, a lyric reflection on changing waterways and cultural habitats. She will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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“Bear Witness”

Eqiuilibrium_cover_lgTiana Clark’s debut chapbook, Equilibrium, won the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press. Clark is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Vanderbilt University. She will discuss Equilibrium at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on August 25, 2016, at 7 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Cover of U. HopeJudith Duvall’s poetry and fiction have appeared in three anthologies from the Knoxville Writers’ Guild—Bleeding Hearts, Familiar Landscapes, and A Tapestry of Voices—among other publications. A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, she lives near English Mountain and the shores of Douglas Lake in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Duvall will read from Unrationed Hope at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on August 14, 2016, at 2 p.m.

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Eat Drink Man Woman

Dinner with Ron Jeremy is just the first course in Kendra DeColo’s impressive new collection of poems

Kendra DeColo, MY DINNER WITH RON JEREMYNashville poet Kendra DeColo’s new collection My Dinner with Ron Jeremy explores matters of the heart and groin in equal measure, presenting a collection that is at turns playful, dark, and odd, with a lyricism that belies the sometimes garish subject matter.

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A Tennessean’s Way of Seeing

Charles Wright’s Pulitzer-winning poems are Southern at their core

July 1, 2016 In the eighth of a nine-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, Bobby C. Rogers remembers his teacher, Charles Wright, and Black Zodiac, the book that finally won Wright a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

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